Saint Pourçain is located on the slopes of the old volcano chain in Auvergne region in Central France. Although it’s called a Loire Valley wine (the Loire river starts there), Saint Pourçain is closer to Burgundy/Beaujolais.
Husband Jean-Pierre, wife Corinne and son Damien work the estate owned by Corinne’s family since the beginning of the 20th century. The property makes red, white and rosé wine on 45 acres of granite and limestone soil.
Famille Laurent, auvergne, france
2016 rouge $15
50% Gamay/ 50% Pinot Noir. Stainless steel fermentation with native yeasts. No oak is used so that the wine retains it fresh varietal character. There is some earthiness on the finish. Great with cured ham.
2016 BLANC $15
50% Chardonnay/ 50% Tressalier. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel.The wine's palate is an interesting blend of the solid body of the Chardonnay and the nervier Tressallier. The first impression is of ripe slightly honeyed fruit. The wine seems lithe and svelte with good underlying minerality and supporting acidity, but not racy. There's also a slight stoniness that grabs my palate in the middle. The wine is crisp right up front but then it unexpectedly blossoms into this softer more supple taste of soft white peach and some ripe apple.